Can Universities Make Sure That Drugs Based On Their Research Are Licensed Reasonably?

from the probably-not dept

Joseph Franklin has written about how a group of universities have agreed to some basic principles (pdf) about providing drugs to developing nations at reasonable costs (or even free) in the interest of better global healthcare. However, Franklin wonders how well this will work in practice, and why it should only apply to developing nations, and not domestically as well. It's an interesting question, made more complicated by the fact that many drugs have their research started at universities -- frequently backed by government money -- but are later taken over by pharmaceutical companies who have no interest in such principles. I tend to think that such "principles" are nice to speak about, but are rarely effective in actually creating change. I would think that a much stronger argument is showing the economic benefits in keeping people alive. If you could rid some developing nations of certain diseases, you'd be able to open up vast new markets for other industries. Hell, imagine if you could get companies in other industries (food, clothing, transportation, etc.) to pay for drugs for the poor in developing nations, knowing that keeping them healthy will help those nations build their economy so they can start purchasing the same food, clothing and transportation...
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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 25 Nov 2009 @ 7:57am

    Re: Re: �Enlightened� Self-Interest?

    lol wtf.

    Sure there is no justified complaints from poor countries that no one is saving them. I'll give you that.

    Nobody stopping poor people to read books? I'm sorry but yes there are people and conditions that are stopping poor people from reading books. This is the totalitarian governments that want to maintain their god hood status in their own country. In this day in age you are right for thinking there is no excuse for ignorance. But obviously coming from a kinder government you seem to not understand there are truly evil people out there doing evil and they are educated in the fine art of honing ignorance into the ultimate weapon against their own people.

    And for your last point I hope you understand you are evil. No ifs ands or buts about it. By the tone and what you are conveying you would only save a person worth saving, which means you are completely self serving. Your motives drive you only to improve yourself in some way. Which I am fine with, I am evil too. I give to no "charity" and no person if I see no benefit to it to myself in my life time. Can you admit you are evil though?

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